Why You Should Watch (or Rewatch) “13 Going On 30”

On an exciting and fun Friday night, I was at home scrolling through HBO Max, looking for something to watch. I wasn’t exactly in the mood to engage my brain in something brand new, but I guess I wanted something familar. Or some background noise while I wrote or browsed the web, I guess. Do you ever do that?

Anyways, I came across 13 Going on 30, in the “rom-com” section. I hadn’t really seen this movie in a long time. Actually, I think the last time I watched it was when I was 13. I rememberd the overall gist of it – 13 year old girl is magically transported to her life in the future – when she’s 30. And I remembered the Michael Jackson Thriller dancing…but that was it.

I clicked it and watched.

I was actually really impressed with the messages of the movie. Here are a couple of things I got from watching 13 Going on 30.

Your actions and attitude matter

Big or small, we should always take into account how things impact our being. It may seem small now but who knows. In 13 Going On 30, everything kind of hangs on her 13th birthday party and what choices she makes then (like her friend choice). Of course, she was lucky enough to fix that decision and live a life with a better outcome which is interesting.

Normally in life, we grow up and look back on our younger selves with regret, embarassment, or whatever it may be. This movie flips the narrative and plays with the idea of how your younger self would react to your adult self. If kid me saw adult me today, she might think I’m lame and boring but overall, I hope I’m not too disappointing. It’s an interesting question to pose to ourselves I think: What would younger me think about me now?

We can’t go back in time but we can actively make changes to our lifestyle, friends, careers, and attitude. It’s hard and takes a lot of self-realization and reflecting but that’s life! It’s something we should always be trying to do. This way we can avoid being somone we (or our kids, etc.) will hate someday.

Genuine Reality > Glam

Nothing is as glitz and glam as it seems. Like Jenna, we desire more than what we have sometimes. That’s pretty natural but as time will prove, those things don’t matter. Real care, real love, and real friends are way more important. Nothing truly good in life is fake. Or else it wouldn’t be good right? So if the career, relationships, or life we have feels off or feels ingenuine, we just can’t be happy. This is not to say everything about our ‘larger than life’ goals or money is bad…we just can’t guarantee it’s going to be 100% great all the time.

Be grateful for what and who you have now

Don’t take anything for granted. There is always something to be grateful for, even in the worst conditions and situations of life. Like Jenna, I had a time in my life when I wasn’t the best to my parents aka some of the only people in the world to really care about me. Like really care. Those people and things are important because they care now. Regardless of what you are, what you have, or what you want. They take you as you are now. Being grateful can change your attitude in seconds and your life forever. No matter how crappy your life can be, if you think of a few things you’re grateful for (I have 2 working legs, I can see, I have a close family, etc.) your life is automatically elevated – no money or fame needed. You will come to like, appreciate, and even LOVE your life more when you do this.

There’s always a way to find forgiveness and redemption

Like we learn from the movie, the past is the past. We can’t fix or change any of it. We’ve made mistakes (and will make mistakes). It sucks but it happens and if we take responsiblity, we can change things. Make things better! In the film, Jenna realizes how awful of a person she has become and tries her best to make up for it. This is always something we can (and should) do. Even though we don’t want to or feel like we don’t deserve it, change and progession, to me, is the purpose of life. It’s why we are here, so don’t get too down on yourself. Do what you need to do!

What a fun, easy watch! A very random post but I guess the movie really suprised me. Thank you for reading my little recommendation rant on 13 Going on 30. Have an awesome day!


i’m Tesi! I know this picture makes me look like a real estate agent but I’m really just a wanna-be filmmaker, cinephile, gamer, bookworm, and writer. Welcome to my lifestyle blog. You’ll get a lot of content on self-care, films, TV, books, and writing but there will be a lot of other things too. Sorry,I have a lot of interests. Thanks for reading!

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